Revisiting Sycorax is a sculpted wire figure that emerges from Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, and conjures an errant entrance into a new landscape. She is a supernatural force formed from an accumulation of twists and coils of wire. Tactile and visual forms intertwine race, science and art to craft a resonant hum, a toned and visceral perspective, a ruckus and audible language. Within her torso, lines and spirals (reminiscent of DNA strands), the figure re-constructs a sense of ancestral bodies and a present-day resilient female subject. 

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About Charmaine Lurch

Charmaine Lurch is a multidisciplinary artist whose painting, sculpture, and social engagement reveal the intricacies and complexities of the relationships between us and our environments. Her sculptures, installations, and interventions contend with explorations of space and time and invite analysis into the overwhelmingly complex and urgent racial, ecological, and historical reckonings.   

Lurch has exhibited beyond and throughout Canada, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Massillon Museum in Ohio, the National Gallery of Jamaica and a virtual exhibition at WEAD/Platform 3 in Iran. Her works have been acquired by several institutions and private collectors, including Global Affairs Canada, which has shown her work at EXPO 2021 held in Dubai and at Canadian embassies and consulates globally.

JANUARY 19 – APRIL 28, 2024

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Toronto ON M5J 2G8

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